A friend bumped into the CEO of his company and introduced himself. The CEO asked about his job, and became interested and wanted to talk more. Upon telling his manager what happened, his boss immediately said that interacting with the CEO was inappropriate and was told not to have any further contact with the CEO.

They say, “knowledge is power.” Too often, when there is such an unbalanced power dynamic, it means people are holding on to information, believing it gives them power. There is no power in information that isn’t shared.

The real power from information happens when the power dynamic allows it to flow freely across the whole hierarchy. This flow of information gives power to the entire organization, allowing for better decisions and, ultimately, success.

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